Tuesday, 8 July 2014


The anniversary of the D-Day landings has past now but the magazine, The Atlantic, website here has a very clever series of photographs taken in 1944 and then paired them with photos taken today in the same spot.

As the article states "Two photographers ... traveled to France, seeking to rephotograph images captured back then. Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren gathered archive pictures from the 1944 invasion, tracked down the locations, and photographed them as they appear today."

 The above photos here taken from Wikipedia but are the same or similar to the 20 photos covered in the in the article.

If only stones ... and town squares ... doorways, sand dunes ... could talk!  (I found Number  14 which relates to the the assault at the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and Number 20 at the town water fountain rather moving.)

Sunday, 6 July 2014


We continue to enjoy a spell of hot sunny weather.  This means it's been a good year for the roses.  Also, apparently, it is a good year for the fruit being grown in the south of England. That will mean sweet, juicy apples instead of what we get here - small, never ripening enough and certainly not sweet.

Roses in the garden.  My green fingered next door neighbours continue to enjoy them as well as they are in a position in my garden such that they can be seen from their back door step.

A small bouquet of flowers from the garden added to which is a cala lily, the last from a bouquet that Mairi gave me about 3 weeks ago.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Ishbel and Alastair finished school on Wednesday, June 25 (2014) and return August 13th.

I collected them on their last day and enjoyed sitting in the garden looking through some of their workbooks.

Along with that, of course, are masses and masses of strawberries for lunch!

Alastair has a book (in Scotland called a "jotter") where each week he is to write a short story of about 6 sentences starting with a exuberant opening sentence.

Here is his report after the 70th Birthday Party we held in May.

"What a super weekend I had! On Saturday I went to my Granny's birthday party.  Then I walked to a fire station and it started to rain.  We got to go inside the fire station.  We were very excited. We saw a real fire engine. Sunday I went to ralf's Birthday.  He was going.... " [next page].

The story of our trip to the local neighbourhood fire department (before the garden party started) is in a previous blog (Sunday May18th)  here.

By way of celebrating that school holidays have started we had an afternoon 'inventure' into Glasgow city centre yesterday.  'Inventures' as I have explained elsewhere are Alastair's word for 'adventures'... and, by definition, we head off with a rough idea of Going Out but no exact plan as to where or by what mode of transport.

Our plan for this 'inventure' was to find an ice-cream shop called Big Licks!  What a great name!  After we ran an errand for our friend Anne we parked the car and the kids elected to travel into the city by bus and it had to be a double-decker.  No problem there; there are plenty and I have my blue (free) bus card to the Over 65's.  Off we went and we had a great outing!

We ended up in the city centre and had a few laughs as we chatted to various folk on our travels.  I guess we looked like what we were: Granny and 2 kids out for the day!  These days (maybe always?) Glaswegians are up for meeting and greeting visitors as we head toward to the Commonwealth Games.  I have realised that once they hear my accent they think I am a visitor to the city (well, I am, in one sense, certainly) and so there's lots of chat ... and directions ... and explanations ... starting with the much used Glasgow expression "To let ya un'erstand..."!

After another bus ride (always on the top deck) we found Big Licks on Argyle Street.  It's a somewhat unpreposing place (and no toilet which meant an urgent side-trip to some bushes for Alastair) but definitely lovely ice-cream.  There were no queues when we were there but apparently this is common!

They even sell Irn-Bru ice-cream.  This is something we have recently discoverd ...more on this anon.

Thereafter we had a couple more trips of hopping on and off buses to get back home.  It was a great outing if a bit chocolatey with Grandma being the worst off for melting ice-cream everywhere!

And the best quote of the day?  Upon clambouring up to the top deck of the bus when we first set off the kids both exclaimed "Hey! No seatbelts!"

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


The garden is a blaze of colour just now as we have had a spell of hot weather followed by some rain.

Anne B gave me this hanging basket for my birthday.  

The Erynigium (Sea Holly) has doubled in size from last year.

The climbing rose gives pleasure both to our neighbours and ourselves.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


I was in Glasgow's West End today.  The West End Festival is on.  All the cafes had tables out on the street and the shops and galleries were full of interesting exhibitions.

Glasgow University from the bridge in Kelvingrove park where it crosses the Kelvin (a favourite spot for taking photos).

Walking south and meeting the river a little further down where it is almost at the Clyde is a picture of peaceful countryside.  In fact, there were 2 men fishing here, just out of sight. This photo is taken on another bridge on Benalder Streetk, south of Dumbarton Road at Byres Road, looking north or up-river.

Standing in the same spot but turning 180 degrees to face south where the river meets the Clyde just out of sight on the left of the photo it was amazing to see a huge construction sight right on the river.  Apartment blocks going up?

Thursday, 19 June 2014


Yesterday the temperature reached 25 degrees Centigrade and today was almost the same.  This has meant that buds are bursting on the flowers. 

Sitting in the garden tonight after dinner I watched the evening sun catch the roses.  As it is just a couple of days from the summer solstice I thought I would record where the sun reaches along the east side of the garden.

The light on the flowers changing from sun to shade.

Half in light, half in shade.

Thursday, 12 June 2014


It is Sunday morning and the pair of swans on Kilmardinny Loch in Bearsden arrive at the lochside bench where Harriet, asleep in her pushchair, and I are enjoying a quiet moment in the sunshine.  We kept very quiet as a French family joined us to watch Mum and Dad engage in their morning wash and preening session.